Please join us October 9 – 11, 2008 at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts in Winston-Salem, NC for the sixth biennial MESDA Conference on American Material Culture. The MESDA Conference is a forum for new research in the field of early American decorative arts and material culture.
This year’s MESDA Conference features a keynote address by Edward S. Cooke, Jr., the Charles Montgomery Professor of American Decorative Arts and Material Culture, Yale University, entitled: “We are some of us English Gentlemen”: The Creation of a Boston Aristocracy, 1680-1720. Plenary sessions include: “The Material Culture of Slavery and Freedom,” “Meaning in Objects,” and “Furniture Form, Function and Ideas.” Moderators will be: Dr. Cooke; David Lubin, the Charlotte C. Weber Professor of Art at Wake Forest University; and Katherine C. Grier, Professor of American Studies at the University of Delaware.
Three MESDA Conference Field Tours offer participants the opportunity to visit private collections in the North Carolina Piedmont, get hands on with the collections of the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts and Old Salem, or go behind the scenes at Prestwould Plantation.
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